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Frommer's NYC Free and Dirt Cheap [Paperback]

Ethan Wolff

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Nov. 30 2010 Frommer's Free & Dirt Cheap (Book 81)
"In the land of $49 burgers and $1,000-a-night hotel rooms, author Ethan Wolff shows that the adventurous budget traveler can still do the Big Apple in style. Written for residents as well as visitors, this guide has plenty of good clear maps and a chapter of free and cheap itineraries."
--San Francisco Chronicle

In New York City, the rich are still very rich. How can people have a good time in this high-cost city without going broke? This new edition of Frommer's NYC Free & Dirt Cheap delivers the answers. Discover where to find:

  • Accommodations for free (using couch-surfing websites) or dirt cheap (at some unexpectedly posh hotels)
  • Delicious meals, plenty under $5, in all the major neighborhoods
  • Free attractions, including museums with free hours
  • The best bars for happy hours, bars with free food, and BYO restaurants
  • Free music clubs and performances, plus discounted Broadway tickets
  • Affordable itineraries, from downtown to Coney Island
  • Tips on affordable local living, including where to find free yoga classes, free art classes, free swimming pools, free therapy sessions, free TV tapings, and much more.

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Take a bite out of the Big Apple—not your budget!
  • Free Music: Classical music, jazz quartets, and cutting-edge bands.

  • Free Speech: A-list plays, quick-witted comedy, and readings.

  • Free Food: The best happy hours, plus where to score delectabledirt-cheap eats—from burgers to BYOB Thai to pre-theater Peruvian.

  • Free Films: Outdoors and indoors, from indies to cult faves.

  • Free Classes: Take a morning tai chi class, learn to identify a good cabernet, or find out how to start your own business.

  • Free (or Almost) Accommodations: Apartment rentals, couch-surfing, and low-cost (yet surprisingly posh!) hotels.

"In the land of $49 burgers and $1,000-a-night hotel rooms, author Ethan Wolff shows that the adventurous budgettraveler can still do the Big Apple in style. Written forresidents as well as visitors, this guide has plenty of goodclear maps and a chapter of free and cheap itineraries."
San Francisco Chronicle

"Great info . . . This irreverent insider's guide gets points for flagging overrated attractions."
The Washington Post

"[Makes] one of the most expensive cities in the world accessible to those of us with champagne tastes and beer budgets."
Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Ethan Wolff is a fourth-generation New Yorker. How he happened to grow up in Virginia is a complete mystery to him. He lives in the heart of the Bargain District on the Lower East Side.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable. June 6 2006
By mary_1979 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In planning for my first trip to NYC, I was faced with a veritable wall of guide books to pick from at my local library. Because I like to look for the offbeat when travelling, and because, well, I'm poor (hence, the library), this one caught my eye right away.

It had me at hello (or, more accurately, the introduction entitled "The Best Things In Life Are Free"). Wolff's prose has the perfect blend of knowledge and wit to really make the places he's writing about come alive, with solid historical insights where applicable (the sections on Coney Island were quick but fun reads, quite informative for a newbie like me) and plenty of reference materials to help you plan out your days (maps, addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation, etc.). Especially handy are the subway map and free events calendars printed on the inside front/back covers--efficient and helpful on the go.

I knew the real test would come when my host in Brooklyn took a look at it--she's studying museum education and having lived there her whole life, knows many of the nooks & crannies around town. When I started showing her the listings about places like the Forbes Galleries, the original Winnie the Pooh housed at the NY Public Library, and panorama of NYC at the Queens Museum of Art (all free or very cheap), her eyes lit up. And I knew we had a winner on our hands. If it could impress a city slicker like her, no wonder it had impressed a hayseed like me.

If you're looking for a book that can take you off the beaten tourist track, or even if you live in NYC and are looking for some fresh ideas for cheap entertainment, I really can't recommend this highly enough. Good tips, great resource, and a fun read.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, def pays for itself Dec 15 2005
By Speshl J - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book even though I'm a native NYer. Mr. Wolff has some great suggestions. I wish the food section was bigger, but it's got some of my personal favs and he also pointed out a few that I have immediately fell in love with. He also missed a few that are similar to restaurants he talks about, ie for Vietnamese he mentions one, but I feel it's a runner-up to Pho Bang (best spring rolls and Pho in the city).

As for activities, we've tried a few free ones and that's where this book pays for itself. There are some terrific ideas listed here which you'd expect to pay for, but are free.

Great buy for NYer or visitor.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great resource Nov. 10 2004
By Pirrip - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Just purchased this book and it's amazing. I've lived in NYC for over five years and I can't believe all the free stuff I never knew existed. This is a great resource just to have around the house. I'm sure it'd be cool for tourists too as a lot of the free or "dirt cheap" stuff is pretty cool.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will pay for itself! July 31 2007
By J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I used this book recently on a weekend trip to visit my friend in Manhattan. Not only did I eat very well for very little money but my foodie friend was shocked that I (the visiter) was showing her these amazing hidden gems! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to live well on a very low budget.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I Had More Time To Use It May 10 2005
By DTG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was an amazing resource for just a few days in New York, but one that I will keep for years. In fact, I bought another copy for the friend that I stayed with in the city. The maps and directions were extremely accurate and well-organized by location in the city. If nothing else, there is an easy-to-read subway map of Manhattan in the back cover. Fantastic book overall.

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